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Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres: Pitching Probables, Players to Watch

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Sep 21, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (R) is congratulated by third baseman Jake Lamb (22) after hitting a two run home run during the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 21, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (R) is congratulated by third baseman Jake Lamb (22) after hitting a two run home run during the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
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April 14, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke (21) reacts during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
April 14, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke (21) reacts during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Pitching Probables

Two starters are looking to turn around their respective Aprils. Petco Park is a perfect place to bounce back.

Tuesday: RHP Shelby Miller (1-1, 5.06 ERA) vs. RHP Jarred Cosart (0-0, 3.86)

Wednesday: RHP Zack Greinke (1-1, 4.32 ERA) vs. RHP Jhoulys Chacin (1-2, 7.80 ERA)

Thursday: LHP Patrick Corbin (1-2, 2.81 ERA) vs. LHP Clayton Richard (1-2, 3.60 ERA)

Game one and two starts at 7:10 p.m. The series finale begins at 6:10 p.m.

Fans can watch all three games on Fox Sports Arizona, or listen on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM or in Spanish at KHOV 105.1 FM.

Need to Know Info:

Shelby Miller will make his seventh career start against the Padres. In his previous six starts, he is 1-2 with a 5.17 ERA. He has held Padre hitters to a .222 average (26-for-117) but a 27:14 K/BB ratio suggests his control has not always been there.

However, the majority of the current Padres lineup doesn’t have a whole lot of history against Miller. First baseman Will Myers has a hit in four career at-bats. Ryan Schimpf has the right-hander deep once with 2 RBI.

Greinke has yet to earn his lofty 2017 paycheck, but he has a great track record against the Padres. In 16 career starts, he is 8-1 with a 2.02 ERA and .184 opponents batting average.

He has been even better at Petco Park. In 10 career starts, he is 4-1 with a 1.90 ERA. Last season, Greinke made two starts at Petco Park. He pitched into the seventh inning in both outings and gave up a total of four runs.

Corbin has been decent in three starts. Opponents are batting .303 against him and he has struck out as many as he has walked (7). Despite this, his ERA sits at 2.81. At some point, a lack of control will catch up, but the left-hander’s defense has deserted him. Eight runs have scored, but only five were earned.

Corbin owns a 3.54 ERA in six career starts against the Friars. Half of those starts have come at Petco Park. His ERA in San Diego is 3.86. Don’t be surprised if Hector Sanchez finds himself in Andy Green’s lineup on Thursday. Sanchez is 7-for-13 off Corbin with two doubles and seven RBIs.

Cosart received a spot start at Coors Field last Monday and threw four shutout innings. He faced Arizona once last season and threw 5.2 scoreless innings. He will throw a four-seam fastball that acts more like a cutter, a curveball and a changeup.

Diamondbacks’ hitters don’t have a lot of experience against the Padres right-hander. Paul Goldschmidt has a RBI and two hits in five at-bats and Chris Owings is 2-for-2 with a RBI.

Chacin has a large sample size against the Diamondbacks. He owns a 3.84 ERA in 13 career starts. A.J. Pollock is 3-for-4 with a home run and Paul Goldschmidt is 4-for-13 with six RBI off Chacin.

Chacin will primarily feature a variety of fastballs and a slider.

Clayton Richard has thrown the ball well this season. He will throw his two-seam fastball over 70 percent of the time. He will get a lot of groundballs because of his side arm motion. Goldschmidt is a career .313 hitter off the Padres lefty. Yasmany Tomas loves southpaws and he is 4-for-7 off Richard.

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